However, the biggest news wasn't who was playing, but the unveiling of the uiniforms, where the Oilers will pretty much be using their current alternate uniform, the orange one, whereas the Jets' will also harken back to their WHA days with a uniform they no longer wear, with the old logo we have all grown up with and loved:
View the #NHLJets #HeritageClassic jersey from every angle! GALLERY >> https://t.co/JhT5ha6ZRC pic.twitter.com/rVhkOayIot— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) August 5, 2016
Essensa, who did end up playing for the Oilers as well, really had his best years - or best year, 1991-92 - with the Jets, finishing third in Vezina Trophy (and 13th for the Hart!) voting by going 21-17-6 with a 2.88 goals-against average and .910 save percentage with 5 shutouts in 47 games, which was, ironically, his lowest games total in a four-year span before he was sent to the Detroit Red Wings, starting a series of short pits stops that would lead him to the Oilers (1996-99), the Phoenix Coyotes (1999-2000), the Vancouver Canucks (2000-01) and the Buffalo Sabres (9 games in 2001-02).
More often than not, he's had to share the crease with two or three other goalies at a time.
He won the Stanley Cup as the Boston Bruins' goaltending coach, a position he has held since 2003.
Here he is with the Jets, on card #A-BE from In The Game's 2012-13 Decades - The 1990s set, his on-card black sharpied-autograph over the Jets' former home, the Winnipeg Arena: